NASS Statement on the Loss of Oregon Secretary of State

For Immediate Release – February 27, 2019 –

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) is ex­tremely saddened by the death of Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson.

“I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Secretary Richardson. For the time I knew him, he was a wonderful man and dedicated to doing right for his state,” said NASS President Jim Condos, Vermont Secretary of State. “We have all lost not just a colleague, but also a friend!”

Richardson was elected to the office of Secretary of State in 2016 and became an active member of the NASS Elections, Business Services, State Heritage and Cybersecurity Committees. He was also an incredible advocate for the
Kid Governor Program. In part due to his passion, NASS membership agreed to officially partner with the program at our 2019 Winter Conference, in hopes that other states would begin a program of their own.

His life was a shining example of true public service, raising the bar for kindness and non-partisanship among his peers. Our thoughts and hearts are with his family, friends and the people of Oregon.

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